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Sfeervol appartement met zitkamer, aparte keuken, 2 slaapkamers (1 doorloop slaapkamer naar hoofdslaapkamer), basic badkamer. Het appartement heeft zonnig balkon a/d voorzijde en een gezellige achtertuin! Centraal station en leuk park vlakbij!
This lovely cosy apartment of 60 m2 on the ground floor of the building has 2 bedrooms (you have to walk through one bedroom/study to reach the main bedroom), a separate toilet and a basic bathroom and kitchen (with oven, microwave and washing machine). The apartment is perfect for 2 adults. It has a front garden (streetside) with a little ground floor-balcony and a sunny terrace/garden at the back.
There are 2 hospitals and a nice park (Leidse Hout) within 5 minutes walk. The Central Station of Leiden is also nearby (towards Amsterdam, The Haque an Rotterdam for example). The apartment is situated on a street between Leiden en Oegstgeest and there are busstops nearby to bring you to the beaches of Noordwijk and Katwijk or to the centre of Leiden with all kinds of shop's, restaurants, museums and the Saturday market.
There's is so much to see & do in Leiden and the environment!
Leiden is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland. The municipality of Leiden has a population of about 120,000, but the city forms one densely connected urban area with its suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten, Valkenburg, Rijnsburg and Katwijk, which have about 254,000 inhabitants combined. The larger Leiden agglomeration counts 332,000 inhabitants which makes it the sixth major agglomeration in the Netherlands. Leiden is located on the Old Rhine, at a distance of some 20 kilometers from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometers from Amsterdam to its north. The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden.
Leiden is a university city since 1575, Leiden houses Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Centre. It is twinned with Oxford, the location of England's oldest university.
(a little)History of Leiden
Leiden formed on an artificial hill (today called the Burcht van Leiden) at the confluence of the rivers Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). In the oldest reference to this, from circa 860, the settlement was called Leithon and received city rights in 1266.
Leiden flourished in the 16th and 17th century. At the close of the 15th century the weaving establishments (mainly broadcloth) of Leiden were very important, and after the expulsion of the Spaniards Leiden cloth, Leiden baize and Leiden camlet were familiar terms. In the same period, Leiden developed an important printing and publishing industry. The influential printer Christoffel Plantijn lived there at one time. One of his pupils was Lodewijk Elzevir (phone number hidden)), who established the largest bookshop and printing works in Leiden, a business continued by his descendants through 1712 and the name subsequently adopted (in a variant spelling) by contemporary publisher Elsevier.
In 1572, the city sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years' War. Besieged from May until October 1574 by the Spanish, Leiden was relieved by the cutting of the dikes, thus enabling ships to carry provisions to the inhabitants of the flooded town. As a reward for the heroic defence of the previous year, the University of Leiden was founded by William I of Orange in 1575. Yearly on 3 October, the end of the siege is still celebrated in Leiden.
The city's biggest and most popular annual festival is celebrated at the 3rd of October and is called simply "3 Oktober". The people of Leiden celebrate the end of the Spanish siege of 1574. It typically takes place over the course of two to three days (usually two but three if there's a Sunday involved) and includes parades, a hutspot feast, historical reenactments, a funfair and other events.
Leiden has important functions as a shopping and trade center for communities around the city. The University of Leiden is famous for its many developments including Snells law (by Willebrord Snellius), the famous Leyden jar, a capacitor made from a glass jar, invented in Leiden by Pieter van Musschenbroek in 1746. Another development was in cryogenics: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1913 Nobel prize winner in physics) liquefied helium for the first time (1908) and later managed to reach a temperature of less than one degree above the absolute minimum. Albert Einstein also spent some time at Leiden University during his early to middle career.
The city also houses Eurotransplant*, the headquarters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS)**.
Rivers, canals and parks
The two branches of the Old Rhine, which enter Leiden on the east, unite in the centre of the town.
The town is further intersected by numerous small canals with tree-bordered quays. On the west side of the town, the Hortus Botanicus and other gardens extend along the old Singel, or outer canal.
The Leidse Hout park, which contains a small deer park, lies on the northwest border with Oegstgeest.
The Van der Werf Park is named after the mayor Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, who defended the town against the Spaniards in 1574. The town was beleaguered for months and many died from famine. The open space for the park was formed by the accidental explosion of a ship loaded with gunpowder in 1807, which destroyed hundreds of houses, including that of the Elsevier family of printers.
Buildings of interest
Much of the 16th- and 17th-century town centre is still intact. It is reportedly the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands, the largest being Amsterdam's town centre.
Hundred buildings in the centre are decorated with large murals of poetry, part of a wall poem project active from (phone number hidden).
Churches, university & other buildings
The chief of Leiden's numerous churches are the Hooglandse Kerk (or the church of St Pancras, built in the 15th century and containing a monument to Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff) and the Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315) with monuments to Scaliger, Boerhaave and other famous scholars.
From a historical perspective the Marekerk is interesting too. Arent van 's Gravesande designed that church in 1639. Other fine examples of his work in Leiden are in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal (the municipal museum of fine arts), and the Bibliotheca Thysiana.
The growing town needed another church and the Marekerk was the first church to be built in Leiden (and in Holland) after the Reformation. It is an example of Dutch Classicism. In the drawings by Van 's Gravesande the pulpit is the centrepiece of the church. The pulpit is modelled after the one in the Nieuwe Kerk at Haarlem (designed by Jacob van Campen). The building was first used in 1650, and is still in use.
The 'Waalse Kerk' (Breestraat 63) was originally part of the Katharina Hospital. In 1584 it became the church of Protestant refugees from the Southern Netherlands (Brugge) and France.
The town centre contains many buildings that are in use by the University of Leiden. The Academy Building is housed in a former 16th-century convent. Among the institutions connected with the university are the national institution for East Indian languages, ethnology and geography; the botanical gardens, founded in 1587; the observatory (1860); the museum of antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden); and the ethnographical museum, of which P. F. von Siebold's Japanese collections was the nucleus (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde). The Bibliotheca Thysiana occupies an old Renaissance building of the year 1655. It is especially rich in legal works and vernacular chronicles. Noteworthy are also the many special collections at Leiden University Library among which those of the Society of Dutch Literature (1766) and the collection of casts and engravings. In recent years the university has built the Bio Science Park at the city's outskirts to accommodate the Science departments.
Some other interesting buildings are the town hall (Stadhuis), a 16th-century building that was badly damaged by a fire in 1929 but has its Renaissance façade designed by Lieven de Key still standing; the Gemeenlandshuis van Rijnland (1596, restored in 1878); De Waag (weigh house in Dutch), built by Pieter Post; the former court-house (Gerecht); a corn-grinding windmill, now home to a museum (Molen de Valk) (1743); the old gymnasium (Latijnse School) (1599) and the city carpenter's yard and wharf (Stadstimmerwerf) (1612), both built by Lieven de Key (c. (phone number hidden)).
Another building of interest is the "pesthuis", which was built at that time just outside the city for curing patients suffering the bubonic plague. However, after it was built the feared disease did not occur in the Netherlands anymore so it was never used for its original purpose, it now serves as the entrance of Naturalis, one of the largest natural history museums in the world.
The following is a selection of important Leidenaren throughout history:
•Rembrandt van Rijn, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Ludolph van Ceulen, (phone number hidden), mathematician, computed Pi.
•Marinus van der Lubbe, (phone number hidden), accused of setting fire to the Reichstag in Berlin.
•Herman Boerhaave, (phone number hidden), humanist and physician.
•Jan Steen, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Gegard Mousasi, 1985–, Professional MMA fighter of Armenian descent.
•Rodney Glunder 1975, professional MMA fighter of Surinamese descent.
•Johann Bachstrom, (phone number hidden), writer, scientist and Lutheran theologian.
•Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, (phone number hidden), anatomist.
•Aart Vijfvinkel, (phone number hidden), World Famous Shoemaker, Prominent member of the 1886 Doleantie reform.
•Love Brewster, 1611-1650/1, pilgrim.
•William Brewst(phone number hidden), pilgrim.
•William Bradford, (phone number hidden), pilgrim, leader of the American Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
•Gerard Dou, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Jouke de Vries, 1960, professor at Leiden university, runner-up candidate for the PVDA elections in 2002 (lost to Wouter Bos), currently resides at Leiden.
•Cornelius Engelbrechtszoon, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Jan van Goyen, (phone number hidden), painter.
•John of Leiden, (phone number hidden), leader of the Anabaptist Münster Rebellion.
•Philipp Franz Bathasar von Siebold, (phone number hidden), physician, collector, 'Japanologist'.
•Lucas van Leyden, (phone number hidden), engraver and painter.
•Gabriel Metsu, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Frans Post, (phone number hidden), painter.
•Pieter de Ring, ca (phone number hidden), painter
•Theo van Doesburg, (phone number hidden), painter, architect, writer.
•Willebrord Snell, (phone number hidden), astronomer and mathematician.
•Johannes Diderik van der Waals, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Hendrik Lorentz, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Pieter Zeeman, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Willem de Sitt(phone number hidden), mathematician, physicist, astronomer.
•Paul Ehrenfest, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Hendrik Casimir, (phone number hidden), physicist.
•Jan Hendrik Oort, (phone number hidden), astronomer.
•Willem Einthoven, (phone number hidden), physician, physiologist.
•Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, (phone number hidden), mayor of Leiden.
•William II, (phone number hidden), count of Holland, later also king of Germany.
•Gottfried van Swie(phone number hidden), diplomat, friendship and collaboration with several great composers.
•Nina Foch, (phone number hidden), actress/ acting teacher.
• Armin van Buuren, 1976, Producer/DJ, DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ 2007-2010 & 2012.
The entire apartment is yours during your stay.
Interaction with Guests
Wij laten de gasten volledig met rust maar wij zijn goed bereikbaar voor evt vragen.
Musea, leuk park, de binnenstad van Leiden, het Centraal Station, universiteiten en ziekenhuizen zeer dichtbij.
Strand (Noordwijk, Katwijk, Scheveningen) met ov goed en makkelijk bereikbaar.
Op 5 min loopafstand van Leiden Centraal Station en op steenworp afstand van bushaltes, ziekenhuizen. In de buurt van div. universiteiten.
Other Things to Note
niet roken, maximaal 2 personen (eventueel 1 extra persoon/kind in overleg).
I chose the apartment for the proximity to the station, and for its generous size. It turned out to be a wise choice. The apartment is a good size, ideal for two people. It is easy to catch a train to the airport, or to anywhere in Europe basically. Emma was at the apartment when I arrived - a nice reassuring touch. The apartment ha everything you could need, and more. no need to buy basic supplies; you also get a good start with coffee, tea, milk, bread, cheese, etc. A very nice touch.
I'll stay there again when I am in the Netherlands.
Emma was very welcoming and friendly. The flat was homely and very well equipped with everything you could need, Emma even supplied some food provisions for us so that breakfast next day was taken care of and more. The flat is located in a pleasant neighbourhood, just a short walk from the central station and the city centre. There is an excellent woodland park situated just around the corner with deer and plenty of footpaths to stroll along.
My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much and would highly recommend this accommodation.
Emma was a wonderful host. Communications were prompt. She met us at the apartment when we arrived and left us wine, Dutch cookies, bread, cut flowers, and other treats. The apartment was equipped with everything we could possibly need. We were also grateful for the use of the bicycle. There is a nice storage space at the back of the garden where the bicycle is stored and where we stored a second bicycle that we rented for our stay. I made good use of the washing machine after Emma's daughter kindly guided me through the process over the phone (it was all operator error!).
The location worked great for us. It was about equidistance between the Lorentz Center on the University campus, where my husband had a meeting, and the center of town. Both were about a 20-minute walk. (The train station is only about a 10-minute walk.) Using the bicycles, however, the commutes were 5-10 minutes and biking in Leiden is so easy! We had a car and had no problem finding free street parking within a block of the apartment. There is a lovely tea house in a park not far from the apartment which was nice for lunch. Otherwise, we did not find eating or grocery shopping options within an easy walk from the apartment. This was no problem for us, because of the bikes and the car, however!
The neighborhood is nice and residential. The building in which the apartment is located is perhaps mid-century and not as attractive as others in the area. It needs some maintenance. We enjoyed sitting in the back garden, although it and the front garden and porch could use some maintenance, too.
The apartment is nice and bright during the day. At night we found the lighting in the unit a bit dim for our liking, although there were plenty of fixtures (except in the front hallway where it appears that the owners are in the process of replacing the ceiling fixture). I don't know if the dim, slow-response bulbs are a requirement of the locality, but if not, I would replace them with bulbs that give off more light -- particularly in the separate toilet room.
My only other constructive comment is that while the unit was surface clean (clean tub, sinks, toilet, linens, etc.) it could benefit from a deep cleaning (baseboards, corners, vacuum under sofa cushions, clean sticky handles in kitchen, good scrubbing of floors, shaking of rugs) to really shine.
The bed was comfortable, the hot water was plentiful, there was plenty of storage space for our clothes, and everything was in good working order. I should also mention that we were in Leiden during an unusual heat wave, and despite the fact that the apartment has no air-conditioning, we were always comfortable. We enjoyed our stay in Emma's apartment and found it to be a good value.
This is a lovely apartment in a nice, quiet and yet convenient neighborhood, within walking distance to the railway station. There were abundant supplies of all necessary provisions. The place was clean and welcoming upon our arrival. Everything was working fine. The only drawback was that that double bed was only 140 cm wide, but it might not be a problem for everyone. I and my wife had a pleasant stay in the place. We look forward to having the chance to stay here again in future if we visit Leiden again. Thank you Emma for the wine, the lovely yellow tulips and the lovely place.
We had a very pleasant stay! When me and the kids arrived (my partner came a few hours later), she showed us around, and even kept the kids busy while I got the stuff out of the car.
This was an extension to my original stay. Emma was most gracious and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone seeking a comfortable and homey place to stay while in the Leiden/Den Haag/Amsterdam area.
Emma was very welcoming and took the time to show me through the apartment. I was pleasantly surprised by the coziness of the apartment, especially as this was to be my home for three months. Fortunately, after moving in, I did not need much assistance from Emma, but the one time I did she was very responsive, coming to the apartment immediately to take care of the issue (which, by the way, was due to external factors).
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About the Host, Emma
Al ruim 40 jaar woon ik in Leiden. Ik hou van reizen en ik heb altijd les gegeven. Verder bezoek ik graag theater en musea.
Ik vind het belangrijk om mijn airbnb gasten goed te ontvangen. In het appartement, dat in april helemaal is opgeknapt, heb ik informatie liggen over Leiden en haar omgeving maar ook met tips om dingen te ondernemen. Maar als de gasten juist willen bijkomen van de drukte is er om de hoek een groot park om te wandelen, te sporten of te lunchen op een leuk terras. Maar uitwaaien op t strand van bijvoorbeeld Noordwijk of Katwijk is natuurlijk ook een optie!